Holywell Bay is a northwest facing beach of fine golden sand situated on the north coast of Cornwall about 5 miles west of Newquay. The beach is fairly level, with large dunes and a small stream running from the village of Holywell onto the beach, crossed by a narrow wooden bridge.
Holywell Bay is sheltered by Penhale Point to the southwest and Kelsey Head to the northeast. Due to its north-westerly aspect however, Holywell Bay catches some good waves and is popular with surfers. The best surfing is to be found near high tide, with the more experienced favouring the south west section of the beach near Monk Rock. There is RNLI Lifeguard cover at Holywell Bay from the end of May until the end of September, and in high season, the Lifeguards operate a segregated area for bodyboarders and surfers.
Holywell Bay is characterised by the two pyramid shaped rocks offshore known as Carter's or Gull Rocks and gets its name from a Holy Well set in a cave in the cliffs on the northeast section of beach.
Please take extreme care NOT to get cut off by the tide if exploring the caves!
Popular with families due to its proximity to the village and a number of holiday parks, Holywell Bay offers easy access with parking close by.
The beach is not recommended for swimming due to the large surf and sea swell. Strong currents are prevalent at low water. Bathing should be restricted to the areas designated when there is lifeguard cover on a rising tide.
Behind the beach lies the Holywell Bay Fun Park and the Holywell Bay Golf Club.
Facilities include toilets near the car park, about 500 yards from the beach and a cafe, pub and restaurant in the village.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Interesting geology
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✔ Rescue equipment
✔ Good Surfing
OS Explorer Map 104: Redruth & St Agnes
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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